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Liberal Democrats deputy leadership election, 2015

Liberal Democrats deputy leadership election

To be determined

Deputy Leader before election

Vacant (previously Sir Malcolm Bruce)

Elected Deputy Leader

TBD

The position of Deputy Leader of the Liberal Democrats has never formally existed. Since the party's foundation, the Parliamentary Party in the House of Commons has elected a Deputy Leader. Although often referred to as Deputy Leader of the Liberal Democrats, this post is actually only Leader of the Liberal Democrat Parliamentary Party in the House of Commons and not Deputy Leader of the Liberal Democrats as a whole.

Since the last Deputy Leader of the Liberal Democrats in the House of Commons, Sir Malcom Bruce, stood down at the 2015 general election held on 7 May, the remaining Liberal Democrat MPs have not elected a Deputy Leader of the Liberal Democrats in the House of Commons. There is an internal debate going on within the Liberal Democrats about the possibility of creating the position of Deputy Leader of the Liberal Democrats, however no decision has yet been made.

Contents

  • Background 1
  • Election rules 2
    • Current rules 2.1
    • Discussion of change during the 2015 leadership election 2.2
    • Proposed constitutional amendment 2.3
  • Candidates 3
    • Speculated 3.1
  • See also 4
  • References 5

Background

Tim Farron was elected as party leader, defeating Norman Lamb, in July 2015. Kate Parminter and Navnit Dholakia were elected deputy leaders of the party's House of Lords group in June 2015.[1]

Election rules

Current rules

Under current rules, there is no position of "Deputy Leader of the Liberal Democrats", however the party's MPs could (and until 2015 did) elect a Deputy Leader of the Liberal Democrat Parliamentary Party in the House of Commons. Following the 2015 general election, when the party was reduced to just 8 Members of Parliament in the House of Commons the Parliamentary Party in the House of Commons did not elect a Deputy Leader.

Discussion of change during the 2015 leadership election

Both 2015 leadership candidates called for a change in the rules for choosing a Deputy Leader to make it possible for a woman to be elected. This is considered necessary because all eight Liberal Democrat MPs are men. A change in the rules would therefore remove the requirement for the Deputy Leader to be an MP.

On 15 May 2015, leadership candidate Norman Lamb MP proposed a change to the rules that would mean that the Deputy Leader is elected by all Party members on a one member one vote basis, with the explicit purpose of ensuring that the deputy leader is a woman, suggesting to Party members' website Liberal Democrat Voice that "she could be one of the former or future colleagues mentioned below; a peer, a member of a devolved chamber or the European Parliament; a leading councillor or seasoned campaigner."[2]

On 5 June 2015, Tim Farron MP, the subsequent winner of the leadership contest, told the Guardian newspaper that he wants the Deputy Leader to be a woman and that he wants 50% of the Liberal Democrat front bench team to be women. The paper reports that this "would require a change to the Party's constitution".[3]

Proposed constitutional amendment

In August 2015, a proposed amendment to the Liberal Democrat party constitution was published on the agenda of the 2015 Liberal Democrat Autumn Conference held in Bournemouth. This constitutional amendment, which was debated on 22 September 2015, abolishes the power of Liberal Democrat MPs to choose a Deputy Leader and instead reconstitutes the position as Deputy Leader of the Liberal Democrats as a directly elected post. This post is to be elected by one member one vote in the same way as the Leader, with nominations open to all members of the Party who must be "supported by 200 members in aggregate in no fewer than 20 Local Parties".[4] The amendment does not set a specific date by which the deputy leadership election will be held, if passed.

After nearly an hour of debate, the amendment was referred back to the Governance Review for further consideration by a vote of 218–167.

Candidates

Speculated

MPs (if held under current rules)

Non-MPs (if held under revised rules)

See also

References

  1. ^ http://www.libdemvoice.org/baroness-kate-parminterwhat-i-will-do-as-a-lib-dem-deputy-leader-in-the-lords-46516.html
  2. ^ a b c d e f g h i j k l http://www.libdemvoice.org/norman-lamb-mp-writeswe-cant-wait-another-5-years-to-have-a-woman-in-the-party-leadership-45967.html
  3. ^ http://www.theguardian.com/politics/2015/jun/05/tim-farron-echoes-clegg-lib-dems-too-male-too-pale
  4. ^ https://d3n8a8pro7vhmx.cloudfront.net/libdems/pages/9691/attachments/original/1439905472/Aut15_agenda_book_for_web.pdf?1439905472
  5. ^ "Tim Farron secures frontrunner status in bid to become Lib Dem leader". Independent. Retrieved 10 May 2015. 
  6. ^ http://www.libdems.org.uk/jane_dodds
  7. ^ http://www.libdems.org.uk/christine_jardine
  8. ^ http://www.libdems.org.uk/layla_moran
  9. ^ Penny, George (22 September 2015). "It was incredible to speak at @LibDemConf! I'm a proud @LibDems and want to be Deputy Leader! #ldconf". Twitter. Retrieved 22 September 2015. 
  10. ^ "Candidates for #LYElects". 7 September 2015. Retrieved 22 September 2015. 
  11. ^ http://www.libdems.org.uk/julie_porksen
  12. ^ http://www.libdems.org.uk/vikki_slade
  13. ^ http://www.libdems.org.uk/lisa_smart
  14. ^ https://twitter.com/ChrisRWhiting/status/655105914425462784
  15. ^ http://www.libdems.org.uk/ (2015-02-13). "Daniel Coleman". Liberal Democrats. Retrieved 2015-10-21. 
  16. ^ "Contacts". Dundee Liberal Democrats - www.dundeelibdems.scot (in en-GB). Retrieved 2015-10-21. 
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